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Keynote Presentations

The following keynote presentations have been developed for a wide variety of audiences and can be adapted to fit the needs of any group. All of my presentations are designed to be extremely positive and informative, providing the latest information, research, and unique perspectives on how this information can be effectively used and communicated to others.

Keynotes are typically given at the beginning or end of conferences, although they are also appropriate during conference lunches and awards banquets. 

Here are title and descriptions for three of the most requested conference keynotes: 


After serving almost 30 years in law enforcement, and seeing the darkest aspects of the human condition as a federal drug prosecutor, a passion for nature photography gave me an opportunity to re-discover everything that is wonderful in life – a world full of amazing people, beautiful landscapes, fascinating creatures, and boundless opportunities and adventures.

Through real-life experiences and award winning photography, this presentation provides a vivid contrast between choices that bring misery and pain with a life filled with a sense of wonder and awe for the world around us. In essence, this is my own personal experience in finding "joy in the journey.” It is designed to help people navigate the weighty challenges of managing careers while maintaining a healthy balance in the rest of their lives. The end result is a powerful and unique message of hope and inspiration.

Background for this presentation:

Children view the world through eyes of wonder and awe. Their lives are full of new experiences and many adventures, and imagination constantly fuels their thoughts and actions. As adults, we often lose this sense of wonder as our attention is focused on education, work, financial obligations, and raising a family.

Over time, the cumulative weight of life’s responsibilities can negatively influence our interest in (and time) to quietly enjoy a sunset, absorb the bouquet of fragrances coming from a flower garden, or hear the symphony of sounds produced deep in a forest. In the hustle and bustle of life, it is sometimes difficult to fully appreciate the way children are experiencing the world in all its glory. In seeking the successes of life, we often fail to find “joy in the journey.” I found myself in this situation after 20 years of working on a federal drug task force.

Up to that point in my life, my wife and I experienced the blessings found in a blur of family activities – ballgames, school activities, church, Scouts, camping, hiking, birthdays, holidays, and the occasional vacation. But as our children left home to attend college and raise families of their own, I found myself working longer hours and enjoying life less. Although my legal career was exciting and challenging, the investigation of large-scale drug trafficking organizations put me in direct contact with some of the darkest aspects of the human condition – greed, addiction, violence, conspiracies, abuse and neglect of children, and the loss of dignity, health, freedom, and even life itself.

After our last child left for college, I reached a turning point in my life with the realization that I needed a hobby, something that would help me focus my attention on more positive thoughts and experiences. My choice at the time was an inexpensive film camera. Although I initially lacked the skills necessary to successfully capture a beautiful image, the experience of looking through the lens of a camera allowed me to re-discover everything that is wonderful in life. Through the lens of a camera, I rediscovered joy.


This is one of my favorite topics for adults and youth.It is designed for private and public since the principles apply to each. Customized versions of this presentation can meet the specific needs of your organization.A few examples:

Service Based Leadership - Training for Organizations and Corporations

Through years of public service as the lead prosecutor for a federal drug task force, and as a participant in many community-based organizations, I have witnessed a wide variety of leadership styles and the results they produce. In my experience, the most effective leaders are those who lead by example through an attitude of service. When leaders approach their responsibilities with a sense of service, people are inspired and motivated to do their best. Managers can get lost in timetables, deadlines, and performance standards that often push aside the most important aspects of effective leadership.

Service based leadership is both a leadership philosophy and set a of leadership practices that can be adopted by individuals, communities, and organizations.

This presentation will illustrate the qualities of great leaders, provide historic and current examples of effective leaders, and demonstrate how leaders can encourage, support, and enable others to reach their full potential through an attitude of service and mutual respect. The end result is individual, community, and organizational success.

Service Based Leadership - Training for Community Coalitions, Public Service Organizations and the Faith Community

Public service is often a labor of love. People are drawn to it by a desire to help others make healthy choices - creating healthy individuals, families, and communities. The work of public servants requires a great deal of leadership and service to fellow workers, youth, and the general public.

The concept of servant leadership is based upon the practice of leading by example – promoting organizational and community pride and unity through meaningful service, mutual respect, and concern for all members of the community. Significant and lasting change is possible when inspired leaders point the way, lead by example, and successfully motivate organization and community members to embrace healthy lifestyles and serve each other.

This presentation will cover the qualities of great leaders, provide historic and current examples of great public servants, and demonstrate how we can encourage and foster organization and community development through an attitude of service and kindness.

Service Based Leadership - Training for Youth

This topic is particularly valuable for youth leaders. The end goal is to inspire young people to make a difference in their families, schools and communities. Presentation titles include:Service Based Leadership: How Youth Leaders Can Make a Difference Service Based Leadership: Learning to Lead by Serving Others


History shows us that education works when the message is powerful, consistent, and sustained over time. In a world where some are calling for surrender to the drug culture, how do we use our time, talents, and education with a renewed sense of purpose and passion? What is the message to be shared and why is this work so important for the future of America?

As a backdrop for this presentation, I compare the current drug legalization movement with the way the tobacco industry destroyed lives through deceit and slick marketing. Using our history of prevention efforts in tobacco education, designated driver programs, seat belts, recycling and other successful educational campaigns, I remind participants how prevention and education efforts have saved countless lives. The end result is a renewed belief in the power and effectiveness of community drug education. In addition to being a good energizer for the beginning or ending of a conference, this presentation is also effective in restoring the public’s appreciation for drug education and motivating them to support these efforts. The ultimate message is that education works when we do enough of it.

Depending on the needs of the audience, this presentation includes the influence of popular culture on public attitudes towards substance abuse, and trains participants to recognize national and local trends of drug normalization and how to fight back through increased community education. My research includes the latest information on how books, magazines, television, movies, fashion, events, celebrities, music, social media, advertising, and even video games impact youth and adult attitudes regarding substance abuse.

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